Most people remember Frida Kahlo as a strong, outspoken, and fiercely independent woman. But when she first moved from Mexico to San Francisco, Frida felt overwhelmed and overshadowed by her husband Diego Rivera’s artistic success. In ME, FRIDA (Abrams, $16.95), Amy Novesky tells the story of how Frida grew comfortable in a new place and confident in her own ability to paint. Novesky’s subtle descriptions are brought to life by David Diaz’s pictures, whose brilliant colors and deep, dramatic lines capture Frida’s spirit. Ages 5-8. AJK
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By Amy Novesky, David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810989696
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2010

Intricate, gorgeous moths flit across the page. Snails feed in the growing darkness. A spider’s web sparkles in the moonlight. These are just a few of the scenes depicted in Joyce Sidman’s (Red Sings from Treetops, Ubiquitous) newest book of nature poems, DARK EMPEROR: And Other Poems of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Rick Allen’s breathtakingly detailed woodcut illustrations illuminate Sidman’s verse. This beautiful book includes informational side panels about nocturnal creatures. Ages 5 and up. AJK
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By Joyce Sidman, Rick Allen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547152288
Availability: Backordered
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2010

To prepare for middle school, Julie and Lydia set out on a mission: to figure out how to be popular. Using a top-secret notebook known as THE POPULARITY PAPERS (Amulet, $15.95), the girls devote their fifth-grade year to their social improvement. After a year filled with adventures from joining the field hockey team to a failed attempt at hair-dyeing, Julie and Lydia learn that the social world is more complicated than they thought. Sweet illustrations, journal-style writing, and a whole lot of attitude converge in Amy Ignatow’s graphic novel. Ages 8-11. AJK